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For a brighter, whiter smile that you’ll love, please consult with Dr. Grupe to determine if whitening is the right treatment option. The CDA advises that, While there are several over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products that claim to whiten the teeth, it is best to complete the whitening process under the guidance of a dentist. In some instances, whitening would not be recommended, and Dr. Grupe will be able to advise you if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening to be safe and effective. Also, as cosmetic products, over-the-counter whitening agents are not regulated and do not undergo the same governmental oversight as medical devices or drugs do.

Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile.  Professional teeth whitening services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use.  In many cases, simply whitening your teeth can make huge improvements in your smile.  Please ask us Dr. Grupe about what would be the best options for you on your next visit!

Did you know…

that the teeth naturally darken as we age? Furthermore, certain foods, beverages, medications and habits can contribute to a darker, yellowed, or stained smile. However, it is possible to erase years of stains in a single professional whitening session and sustain those results for many years with proper maintenance. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, professional whitening is best maintained by a combination of good oral care and take-home whitening treatments as recommended by Dr. Grupe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does whitening involve?

Both in-office and at-home whitening options are available at our practice.  The in-office procedures use stronger whitening agents and produce the quickest results. The at-home option takes longer to complete, generally several days to a couple weeks.

Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Yes, if you are experiencing discoloration but otherwise have healthy teeth and gums. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.

What Should I Expect When I Get My Teeth Whitened at the Office?

The in-office teeth whitening process takes an hour to complete. Dr. Grupe begins by protecting the gums before applying a whitening gel to the surface of the teeth. The product will then be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes.  This process is then repeated up to five times until desired results are achieved.   The results will vary according to the natural shade of the teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.

What Should I Expect When I Get My Teeth Whitened at Home?

The at-home option takes longer to complete, generally several days to a couple weeks. For the at-home method, Dr. Grupe will take an impression of your mouth and create a custom made tray to hold the whitening solution. Dr. Grupe will instruct you as to the proper procedure for completing the whitening process.

What Type of Post-Treatment Care is Required After Having My Teeth Whitened?

The very latest pharmacological improvements to in-office bleaching solution is now able to avoid any post treatment tooth sensitivity.  Post treatment sensitivity used to be severe and was a deterent for Dr. Grupe to recommend to his patients.  We are now offering in-office bleaching with virtually no post treatment sensitivity.  It has become very popular in our office.

For at-home whitening post-treatment care, there may be sensitivity to be expected and avoiding consuming highly pigmented beverages is also advisable during the one to two weeks of treatment.